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MA, Dance Education

BBA, Operations Management

ABT® Certified Teacher

Latinx Dance Educators Alliance, Alliance Member

CORPS de Ballet International, Member

Dance USA, NYC Member

NDEO, NYU Member


Marisabel, "Mari", Vasconez is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.  

Mari's training includes competitive dances, Latin dance styles, and classical Vaganova ballet. She studied Dance Sciences at Texas A&M University, where she developed her teaching style and understanding of the human anatomy as a dancer. She has worked with dancers of all ages in the workshop, technique training, and choreography settings.

Mari was awarded a student internship at Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Houston, owned & directed by the former choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance, Maria Johnson. She Co-Directed and paved the way for the professional Dallas-based performance team called SeduXion alongside the nationally acclaimed instructor, Roberto Lay. She recently trained under the direction of Melanie Castillo and Jose Luis Gomez as part of their performance-based team called Corrillo Dance Company (2017-2018). 

Mari has performed and taught at the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Convention (TAHPERD), the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), Los Angeles Salsa Congress, Houston Salsa Congress, B.I.G. Salsa Congress, Dallas Bachata Festival, Dallas Salsa Congress, Unity Dance Festival, Atlanta Bachata Festival, New York City Bachata Weekender, Aventura Dance Cruise, among many more.

Mari owns MotionScoop Dance Academy in Queens, NYC, where she hopes to build a haven for students who wish to explore dance with no limits. She graduated from New York University and holds a Masters of Arts in Dance Education.


Mari Vasconez is a dance educator in New York City who hopes to bridge the gap between concert and social Latin dances, as well as its availability to the LatinX communities. Her unconventional background has allowed her to merge both classical and social styles into her repertoire. Her classrooms are filled with the next generation of LatinX, and she hopes to provide quality dance education and inspire the next generation to the artform's possibilities. She believes in the equity of professional dance training for all dancers, no matter their economical or social stance, and hopes MotionScoop Dance Academy becomes a beacon of hope for those who do not have access to the elite programs of the world. 

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